SafeAbility: Safe and Able to Work
What is SafeAbility?With one in eight Canadians considered to have a disability, the concept of a health and safety program for this community is long overdue. SafeAbility answers the call of an untapped market by providing employers, job seekers, workers with disabilities or injuries and the community with an inclusive health and safety training and awareness program that benefits all stakeholders.
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Developed by Link Up Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities and a broad range of disability support providers in partnership with WSIB, SafeAbility provides valuable, accessible and current information on occupational health and safety (OH & S). The program addresses rights and responsibilities for workers with disabilities and injuries that can be used during employment preparation, during the job search, or after the job has started. Job coaches and other support persons will also greatly benefit from this information.
Adaptable, transferable and transparent, SafeAbility is a tool that has the potential to empower hundreds of thousands of workers with disabilities and injured workers across the province. In Toronto alone, more than 117,000 clients are supported by over 90 employment agencies serving the disability community and injured workers. Imagine these numbers swelling with disabled workers safe and secure in the knowledge of a healthy workplace, and a productive, stable workforce of which they are a part.
Objectives of SafeAbility are to:
Learning outcomes of SafeAbility include:
Other potential outcomes include safer work environments and work practices, an increase in employment of people with disabilities and fewer injuries in the workplace. Course content includes:
and much more! The training package is enhanced with current literature, accessible handouts and community resources where learners can obtain more information to build on learning outcomes.
As occupational health and safety knowledge grows, the SafeAbility program will gradually expand across the province and be available to all workers across multiple sectors, and the general public as well.
SafeAbility is not intended as a replacement for workplace orientation or other health and safety training. All employers are obligated to provide this type of training under the Ontario Health and Safety Act (OH & SA).
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